The name of actor-turned-politician Jaya Bachchan, who owns movable and immovable assets worth `91.65 crore, has been added to the list of ‘farmers’ who suffered loss and damages due to untimely rain and hailstorms and are to be provided compensation by the Madhya Pradesh State government.
According to officials in the district collectorate of Bhopal, Jaya owns five acres of agricultural land in Bishenkhedi village, which falls within the municipal limit of Bhopal.
The officials stated that just like the other farmers of the village whose crops were damaged in the natural calamity here, Jaya will be given a compensation of Rs 14,000.
“Whoever has agricultural land in the villages of Bishenkhedi, Sewaniagaud, Prempura, Chandanpura, Mendora and Mindori will be compensated as per the State government policies regarding natural calamities. The compensation is given in the name of the owner of the land and the amount will be transferred to their bank account,” an official said.
“We will start distributing the compensation cheques after May 16. The minimum amount of compensation is Rs 3,600 and the maximum amount is Rs 14,000,” the official added.
It is pertinent to mention that at least one dozen serving and retired senior bureaucrats own agricultural land near Bhopal.
The officials said that it was not their responsibility to check whether the compensation was reaching the farmers who were actually tilling the land.
Jaya’s family, including her mother and sister, resides in Bhopal.
In May 2012 while filing her nomination for the Rajya Sabha Jaya declared that she owned movable and immovable assets worth Rs 91.65 crore while her husband and Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan had fortunes to the tune of Rs 402.21 crore.
Jaya owns two vehicles, including one Rs 30-lakh Toyota Lexus, while her husband Amitabh has nine vehicles, including a Mercedes 350 worth Rs 1.35 crore, a Rolls Royce worth Rs 3.08 crore, a Mercedes 350L worth Rs 85.63 lakh, a Porsche Cayman worthRs 61.48 lakh and a tractor.